HEALTH & SANITATION

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90% of the population has no access to health care.

5 nurses and doctors per 100,000 citizens.

Only 36% of births are attended by a healthcare professional.

About 49% of Nepalese children under 5 years old suffer from stunting, a measure of chronic malnutrion, which is one of the highest rates in the world.

In addition to widespread malnutrition and infectious diseases, HIV is becoming an increasing problem.  Sex slavers kidnap or buy young girls in rural areas in order to transport them back to brothels where men believe that having sex with virgins will cure them of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.  After several years of captivity, the girls are then sent back to their villages where they pass the infection on to others.

250,000 girls between 9 and 16 are trafficked annually to India and the Middle East.

In the remote villages of Nepal, if someone has a serious infection, appendicitis, or a moderate to severe medical problem, and there is not enough time to walk three days to the nearest day-long bus trip to Kathmandu, they will likely die.

 

 

 

 

Only 38% of the population has access to adequate sanitation.

Over half of Nepal's children do not have access to a toilet of any kind and must defecate in open spaces with obvious implications for the spread of diseases.

Although Nepal is naturally bestowed with ample water resources there are still many people without access to safe water.  While 85% of the population has access to water through improved water supply systems, only 17.9% of the available systems are estimated to be well-functioning and 28.9% requiring minor repair.

In Kathmandu, residents must buy water from water delivery trucks or walk to wells.

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